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A Gunman Has Escaped (1948)

| Crime, Drama
A tough guy with a habit of calling other men sweetheart, accidentally shoots a man who tries to prevent him fleeing a robbery, then forces his two accomplices to go on the run with him. ... See full summary »

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John Harvey ...
Eddie Steele
John Fitzgerald ...
Sinclair
Robert Cartland ...
Bill Grant
Ernest Brightmore ...
Johnson
Maria Charles ...
Goldie
Patrick Westwood ...
Red
George Self ...
Spike
Manville Tarrant ...
Alf
Denis Lehrer ...
Mike
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Jane
Frank Hawkins ...
Mr. Cranston
Hope Carr ...
Mrs. Cranston
Melville Crawford ...
Inspector Fenton
Hatton Duprez ...
Detective
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A tough guy with a habit of calling other men sweetheart, accidentally shoots a man who tries to prevent him fleeing a robbery, then forces his two accomplices to go on the run with him. While all over the news reports, they hide out as labourers on a smallholding, and in true film style one instantly falls for the owner's daughter. But ringleader Eddie doesn't care for anything, and has become trigger-happy to the point of delirium.

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Unusually gritty and grim crime B feature
8 January 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Unknown cast but very much out of line with the rather limp fare of the era - presumably due to precautionary caution of the director or producer - the violence is graphic even when off-camera. With its BBC radio "police announcement" seeking witnesses to the crime, it conjures up a time when gun crime was comparatively rare and all the more shocking - and the certainty of the rope the grim reward. The track in to the gangster moll's face - watchful with a slight smile - as someone is beaten and probably killed just off camera was a surprising escapee from the censor's scissors. Not remotely in the same class as Brighton Rock but it's equally shocking.

Thank you to Talking Pictures for showing it.


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